Month: December 2012

  • You Can't Handle Watching LEXX

    I ran into this old post archived on my private blog on August 31, 2006. I'm pretty sure I wrote it quite a bit earlier, possibly back to 2005. I didn't save anything else that I know of before I kaboomed my old Lexx stuff, so this is a rare blast from the past. Images click back to original sources.

    In my opinion, Lexx is the only scifi show that never wimped out. All the rest deal with humanity against evil, and I was always disappointed in the endings. Stargate truly wimped out when the Ancients AND Anubis all turned out to be humans. They had me hanging on to the edge of my seat until then, and suddenly it was just ordinary again. Babylon 5 stuck with their aliens, Vorlons and Shadows, but in the end they were just lonely children and made up and left the galaxy after a few words. All that tension built up, and they just reconciled and went away. Same with all the Star Trek shows. It's always humanity against some other race, or Q, and humanity always reasons its way to the side of right and good. Battlestar Galactica, yeah, humans created their own problem and now it's turning on them and they are barely surviving. Boring, boring, boring.

    Lexx was never afraid for the bad guy to be truly TRULY evil, so awful that humanity was losing for millenia, and not only losing, but going along like sheep to the slaughter of the masses. And the humans that were evil, were evil, no reasoning with them, no fighting them. Mantrid actually destroyed an entire universe. Throughout Lexx there is no compassion for the ones who lose, no whimpering and moaning about what it's doing to humanity, no noble attempts at morality and happy endings. The more minor evil characters are still really evil, into cannabalism and perverse tortures and selling their prey to the highest bidder. That our main characters survive at all is hair raising, and then accidently making things worse as they go is the perfect ironic twist. Actually meeting Prince and discussing the afterlife (seeing Stanley fail to escape from Prince!) was a step above and beyond everyone else's false gods and technoweenie explaining away of human myth and religions, and then coming to earth in the 4th season and being absolutely real with just how nasty human nature can get (Xev nearly losing her organs to the black market, for crying out loud!), and still everything goes horribly wrong but somehow they survive...

    Is it any WONDER that Kai and Stan and Xev are latched onto as the ulitmate 'heroes'? They are so real, like us. They are up against everything all by themselves, with no guide of any kind, no Federation to fall back on, no Q to reset the balance, no one to tell them how they are doing in all of this. In the end, they are the only ones they can count on to get each other's backs against two whole universes.

    Anyone who doesn't like this show, in my opinion, is afraid of facing the sheer high cliff of hopelessness and making the decision to go on anyway. This show doesn't hand out answers to the problems in life, just slaps you around with them and makes fun of it all, and then dares to throw you right off the cliff when it's done, case in point, what happened to Kai in the last show, hate to spoil it if you've never seen it. If you are a wimp, you can't handle watching Lexx.


  • Loca Chili Bake

    A few years ago, I remembered a Mexican casserole my mom used to make and tried to recreate it from memory. As far as I knew, there was no written record of it, and googling never got me anywhere close to the things I remembered on how it was created. My recreation was *ok*, but not great, had a couple of problems, but still good enough to eat.
    Two years ago I ran into my mom's old recipe box, found a recipe possibly in my grandmother's writing called Loca Chili Bake, and it comes closest to what I recreated on my own from memory. Looking at my mom's recipe, my recreation was actually better than what we used to eat as kids, even with its flaws. Funny how we can remember something as really good and go back and find out it was only so-so. So I had a good think and thought, I can do even better! I figured out what I could tweak, and had learned a trick about casseroles along the way. This is my final version of what I'm going to start calling Loca Chili Bake, to keep the old recipe going. Anyway, Scott loves this stuff, so I must have gotten it balanced out pretty good.
    I started with basic ingredients.


    The first thing you do is start cooking a pound of hamburger with a small chopped onion. While that is cooking, open the tamales, peel them, and slice them into buttons to layer all over the bottom of a 13X9" pan. Pour the juice from the can over that, tilt around to even it out. Then get a big bowl out and dump in the drained corn, chili beans, and enchilada sauce, mix it real good. Then I stirred in a teaspoon of minced garlic from a jar and a half teaspoon of salt. I can't eat a lot of salt and spices, so at this point, another person might also want to add cumin, chili powder, or more salt to taste. And you should taste it, you could definitely over-spice or over-salt it since there is already sodium in all the cans, and plenty of spice in the beans. Finally, add a cup of shredded colby-jack and stir that in.


    After the burger is cooked, I spoon it out onto paper towels and then pour it into the big bowl. I try to keep as much onion in there as possible. Stir all that in, then carefully spoon that mixture out over the sliced tamales and smooth it out. Put it into a 400 degree oven to start getting hot.
    While that is getting hot, I mix up two boxes of corn muffin mix. If you make cornbread from scratch, I don't know how big your batch is, but two boxes of corn muffin mix is like two 8 or 9 inch square pans. I wanted more coverage than just one batch. However, the coverage is pretty thick. In the past I've had problems getting it cooked through after I spread it onto the casserole, but I've learned this trick since then- get the casserole hot *first* so the heat and steam coming off the casserole will help cook the batter underneath. So after the casserole has heated up a little for 15 to 20 minutes, pull it out and spread the cornbread batter over it. Put it back into the oven and let it get pretty done looking, then turn the oven off and let it sit in the oven to keep cooking the batter through without burning the top. It can sit in there another 15 to 20 minutes with no problems, and when you pull it out it's still pretty hot.
    I decided to garnish like Mexican restaurants do, with fresh sour cream, avocado, and chopped tomatoes. This also really adds to the overall flavor, so it's going to be part of my recipe from now on.


    It pulls out of a nonstick pan very easily with a pancake turner. This held together really well, thanx to the little bit of cheese in there. If you're a big cheese eater, you could probably add more, but it might get way gooier.


    I mashed mine down to show off the inside. This is probably a super adaptable recipe, you could add anything imagineable or turn it into something Italian, etc. The cornbread mix I use adds a sweet touch to the spice flavor, nice balance.

  • surprise!

    Had no warning on this one on any of the sites I check. Left the house yesterday afternoon, the grass was green. Drove home an hour later in a snowstorm with low visibility and an inch of snow sticking to everything in the wind.


  • Lexx- wallpapers, icons, pix

    This is a LEXX 'poster' page and will be updated any time I make something LEXX until it gets hard to load, then I'll make another post for more. All are made by me, hosted by me, and anyone has permission to direct link, just click the pix to get the address or grab for your own download. New ones will get stacked at the top. Thumbnails will click out to full size.
    I was named honorary "Snarkalec" several weeks ago and temporarily added to one of their member twitter lists after I hacked their logo onto Kai and joined in a live tweet Syfy watch party. Although I'm not an official member, here are a few links that are fun to check out. You can grab this pic with a highlight rollover for cut and paste.

    1-9-13  Arch Heretic

    12-27-12 Have a super sparkly day.


  • Kai on the River Kwai

    I'm watching Apocalexx Now because I cross posted the link over on twitter (always fun to find Lexx tweets), which I guess is timely since we just went through what some tweeps are calling the Worst Apocalypse Ever since nothing happened, and it got to the river part and I'm like 'Oh, yeah'- Kai on the River Kwai. laughing This episode was filmed in Thailand, and Kai was piloting the boat on the River Kwai. If you remember the old movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, a very little of the weird stuff going on in Apocalexx Now is kinda vaguely twisted off that, along with Apocalypse Now. Knowing film history really helps you get the inside jokes and nods going on in Lexx.
  • Lexx on Netflix

    Netflix says it's not too late to give Lexx for Christmas.


  • End of the World

    If the world ends today, it's because 790 commanded the Lexx to blow up the Little Blue Planet. S.4 Ep Yo Way Yo. pix click to original sources


  • pleasant surprises


    I did not expect this. I was honestly very happy with posts that got 30 hits, thrilled with 50 or 60, ecstatic when some of them topped 100. At this date, I have 8 posts on this blog that have gotten over 500 hits, and 5 of those are over 1000. Granted, now I have twitter, tumblr, and xanga plugz, but even weeks after those are done and gone, the visits keep coming (my  bluejacky traffic is blowing me away, too). When I opened this blog back up, I did NOT expect this kind of traffic. The Lexx posts, especially, are already far outpacing the traffic I used to get in the 'old days' when Lexx was a bit hotter and fresher on the internet. I think it's fair to say that the traffic to this blog is very Lexx driven, but it certainly isn't the only attraction. I mostly just want to say this is the coolest present I've gotten in awhile, and it's doing me a lot of good to see it after the rough run I had. Hugs to all the lurkers out there, and I hope whatever winter festivities you enjoy are awesome for you this year.
  • Happy Decemberween


    Oh, let's see, monthly update, what is going on around here. Getting my head wrapped around tiny newbies coming in 2013. Funny how it started with my own scare last spring, then my 29 year old and now my 25 year old, and despite there being an actual 'Lex in the family, no, don't expect a Lexx... That would be a little much. Otherwise have gone into my usual yearly aspie holiday shut down mode. Used to be able to play the game better, now I can't keep up and it's just wiser to let it all roll over the top while I hunker down in my cave and sip on hot chocolate.
    I'm not sure how I feel about stuff usually until about 3 months after whatever is going on has passed #aspie, so I'm kind of just sitting back and watching stuff happen. My pinkyguerrero twitter went from 20 something followers to hovering around 90 in the last two weeks, a few impressive authors in the mix, and I'm at a loss how stuff like that happens, so cool beans and I hope I don't disappoint anyone. Retweeting a Lexx movie quote where 790 is calling Stanley a security class retard lost me a follower within seconds, so I guess a few people actually have me on mobile alert, how flattering. I'll try to watch that kind of stuff, I know the R word is a big deal now, apologies. Hooking up with other website owners, always a pleasure. The most inspiring one to date is, that is a LOT of work. The plans I have for 2013 will hopefully live up to that level of productivity.
    My biggest challenge this month is super fibro flaring back up, full body spasm as I call it. No rhyme or reason but seems everything triggers it once it starts, so I had to cut out upper body workouts for a couple weeks, change the way I work, basically keep moving and stretching and resting, no sitting or standing for any length of time, because even just driving or working on the laptop or watching a 30 minute show on tv was making it worse. Just one of those things you wait to pass over while you get through it, have been doing this nearly all my life and very good at dealing. It's a nervous system disorder, once it hits it's like everything goes glitchy, and I have to wait for the system to run diagnostics and install repair apps and whatever. I have to admit, the stuff I go through gets a little scary, different nerve bundles around my body glitching can mimic all kinds of problems, but it's just the nerves fritzing around like an old string of Christmas lights. It's a running joke that I probably won't even know if I have a heart attack or stroke because I'm so used to feeling like I am all the time. One rheumatologist thinks it all started with untreated Lyme in high school, so there you go. Key recovery treatment is stay hydrated, sleep as much as possible, and excellent nutrition, which is good advice anyway. I always get a side order of depression when I flare, so that's another thing, make a plan every day, set reachable goals, work in small batches of time, small steps get big things done. When I feel like I'm not getting anywhere, I can look back and see how much I have gotten done and am pleasantly surprised. No matter how bad a day seems to get, I can say I did something positive, even if it's only one thing. It's a good lifestyle. I have very little tolerance for self pity, which I'm sure would turn me into a super villain.
    So, holidays all over the place, I'm skating slowly around the edge of the pond getting to the other side, and at least the lights are pretty. And thank goodness for live streaming, another Merlin coming up in two hours. Keeping pace with the other side of the world... Funny how we can do that just sitting around in our houses, right? Love this time we live in.  
  • Holiday Lexx

    cool Lexxy holidays!

    Cartoon by Emerson Art, copyright on this set of caricatures purchased by Lexx Zone.


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